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From a discussion on someone else's LJ on whether or not it is possible to belly dance without cultural appropriation; Appreciation, Appropriation, and Exploitation in Ethnic Dance

I wonder, actually, if the same examination is relevant to the martial arts - most people who study Asian MA these days are several levels of remove from the culture that spawned the art, and that culture is usually echoed in the training.

(Even more tangentially - where does that leave Brazilian Jujitsu; a Brazilian style of a Japanese martial art?)

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50_ft_queenie
Feb. 24th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
Interesting article, and very timely given that I'm thinking of starting belly dance classes soon. It does seem to be geared towards belly dancers who perform in public, and I'm sure there are many students who don't intend to follow that path.

Also, and maybe this is me being too much of a pragmatist, I tend to think that if a studio is offering and advertising their classes, then it's OK for me to take them. I mean, logically, if the studio thought it was disrespectful to teach a given dance/martial art, they wouldn't offer classes, would they?

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